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I have the funds (finally) to pull the trigger on a high end optic and am torn between the Z6i 1-6 and S&B Short Dot II.


My gut says go Swaro for every reason, except:

  • Swaro warranty seems light for a $2k optic (been told only 10 years vs. lifetime)
  • I have not seen one in person (only non-ilum and it was spectacular), and I am concerned the dot may not be viaible in daylight (like Leupold, NightForce, Kahles, etc.)

Any sage advice would be appreciated...

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s$b dot very visible in day, -- but damn hard decision. get the z6 and see if you can break it then let us know.
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A minor point...S&B's warranty is 30 years, not lifetime, if that makes a difference.


Both the Swaro Z6i and S&B illumination has settings for daytime use.


Either is going to be superb.  My only exposure to the Z6 was looking through one in a store, but I do have a S&B equipped with the Flash Dot, and it's spectacular in every way.  I have a Swaro PH and a couple Swaro AVs, and they are extremely nice as well, so if the Z6 is better, then it must be at least as good as S&B.


Swaro has much greater W/E adjustment range than S&B.  The S&B's more limited adj travel may make some mounting setups difficult, though it wasn't at all an issue with my rifle and mounts and this can be addressed with proper mounting and/or scope mounts with windage adjustment.


If you think you'll be using the lower end of the power range a lot, then the Z6 will give you more FOV.  If you want a first focal plane reticle, choose the S&B, as all the Z6 scopes have second focal plane reticles.  The S&B Flash Dot is nice in that it doesn't remain as part of the reticle when it's turned off, so if you select the #9 reticle, you can have very thin center lines for precision aiming without the FD, yet when you turn it on, the dot is projected onto the center of the reticle and is very visible without overpowering the rest of the target with excessive halo effect.  The Z6i has very nice illumination controls integrated into the eyepiece that is easy to operate and it will save 2 diferent intensity settings, one for daytime use and one for twilight. 

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: September/07/2007 at 10:27
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I would also consider the Zeiss Victory 2.5-10x50 Varipoint .
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